Global Conference on Child Support and Family Maintenance in Asia-Pacific and Worldwide

Hong Kong: From 9 to 11 November 2015, more than 155 experts from Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, the People's Republic of China (including Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR), Croatia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), including its Asia Pacific Regional Office, gathered at Hong Kong University to discuss the recovery of child support and family maintenance in Asia Pacific and worldwide, in the context of national and regional systems and the Hague 2007 Maintenance Convention and Protocol. The conference agenda and presentations can be found here.

The conference recognised the great importance of child support and family maintenance to the well-being of children, other family members and vulnerable persons worldwide, the reality of cross-border movement of persons, and the importance of the 2007 Maintenance Convention as a universal instrument for the effective cross-border recovery of child support and other forms of family maintenance (implementing Art. 27(4) of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child), and as a vehicle to catalyse national reforms and best practices.

Full Conclusions and Recommendations of the conference can be found here.